Categories
Alliances Anti-Goverment Protests Geopolitical conflicts Infraestucture Projects Stategic Resources terrorism

GLOBAL GEOPOLITICAL NEWS: December 2020, from Monday 21 to Friday 25

December 2020

from Monday 21 to Friday 25

MAIN TOPICS:

  • CONFLICTS
  • ALLIANCES
  • STRATEGIC RESOURCES
  • INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS
  • ANTI-GOVERNMENT PROTESTS
  • TERRORISM

MIDDLE EAST:

Middle_East_(orthographic_projection)

  • SYRIA: The United States slapped fresh sanctions on Syria in a continued effort to cut off funds for President Bashar al-Assad’s government. It marked another round in a US campaign to push Assad’s government back into UN-led negotiations to end the country’s nearly decade-long war.

SOURCE: ALGEMEINER

  • ISRAEL: A US-Israeli delegation signed agreements with Morocco, cementing a Washington-sponsored normalisation of relations between Israel and the North African country. The US plans to open a consulate in Sahara region, and pledged investment that Moroccan media described as colossal.

SOURCE: THE NATIONAL NEWS

  • ISRAEL: Financial incentives reportedly offered to Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim majority nation, to recognise Israel, as Morocco, Sudan, UAE and Bahrein recently did.

SOURCE: JEWISH NEWS

  • ISRAEL: Pakistan said that Islamabad cannot recognize Israel until a “concrete and permanent settlement” of the Palestinian issue, rebuffing reports about pressure on Islamabad to recognize Israel.

SOURCE: ANADOLU AGENCY

  • ISRAEL-LEBANON: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo voiced regret over a stalemate in maritime border talks between Israel and Lebanon and offered Washington’s mediation. The two nations, which remain technically at war, opened negotiations in October after quiet US diplomacy seeking to clear the way for offshore oil and gas exploration sought by both.

SOURCE: THE ARAB WEEKLY

  • IRAQ: At least three rockets were launched at the US embassy in Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone causing the embassy to activate its defense system. So far no group has claimed the attack.

SOURCE: THE NATIONAL NEWS

  • IRAN:  Iran agreed with Russia to boost technical cooperation in the oil and gas sectors. In the current situation, given the imposition of US sanctions on Iran and Russia, strengthening the convergence and cooperation of the 2 countries is very important.

SOURCE: NEFTEGAZ RU

  • IRAN: Iran and China started drilling operations in Iran’s supergiant South Pars non-associated natural gas field officially. This comes as the long-stalled Phase 11 development supposedly saw the withdrawal of all Chinese involvement in October 2019.

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR

  • STRAIT OF HORMUZ: An American nuclear-powered guided-missile submarine traversed the strategically vital waterway between Iran and the Arabian Peninsula, through the Strait of Hormuz, a narrow passageway through which a fifth of the world’s oil supplies travel, the U.S. Navy said, a rare announcement that comes amid rising tensions with Iran.

SOURCE: ECONOMICTIMES

AFRICA:

1200px-Africa_(orthographic_projection).svg

  • CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Russia has sent an extra 300 military instructors to the Central African Republic at the request of the country’s leadership to help counter a surge in violence by rebel groups ahead of Sunday’s election. The Russian foreign ministry said in a statement that the opposition and armed groups were trying to destabilise the situation with the help of external forces.

SOURCE: REUTERS

  • SUDAN: The United States is continuing to work with the Sudanese Armed Forces to strengthen bilateral military relations, after US President Donald Trump removed Khartoum from the American terror list.

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR

  • ETHIOPIA-SUDAN: Ethiopia-Sudan talks to start after border clash. Negotiations open a week after Ethiopian forces reportedly ambushed Sudanese troops on the border, killing four. The area borders Ethiopia’s troubled Tigray region, where fighting broke out last month.

SOURCE: THE NATIONAL NEWS

  • EGYPT: Egypt worried about Qatari moves in South Sudan. Qatar is trying to compensate for the decline of its influence in Khartoum by turning its attention to its rival Juba, as it wants to keep a finger in the pie in a region that is becoming increasingly dynamic on many levels. The Qatari move comes also in the midst of escalating tensions in Ethiopia due to the Tigray crisis.

SOURCE: THE ARAB WEEKLY

  • LIBYA: Turkey discusses maintaining army in Libya for an additional 18 months. In Libya, Turkey supports the internationally-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in confronting renegade General Khalifa Haftar’s militia, which is supported by Arab and European countries, and seeks to unseat the GNA in the oil-rich country.

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR

  • LIBYA: Russian oil company TATNEFT intends to resume production and exploration operations in Libya, after a near decade long suspension.

SOURCE: NEFTEGAZ RU

  • TUNISIA: Italy is ready to double its investments in the energy and renewable energy fields in Tunisia, and exerted pressure on Tunisia regarding the protection of the Algerian gas pipeline owned by ENI to Italy, which passes through Tunisia.

SOURCE: THE ARAB WEEKLY

  • NIGERIA: The Financial Times has reported that Nigeria is at risk of becoming a failed state. According to an editorial, the spate of insecurity in the country shows that the Nigerian “the government is no longer in control.”

SOURCE: TRIBUNE ONLINE

EUROPE:

1200px-Europe_orthographic_Caucasus_Urals_boundary_(with_borders).svg

  • RUSSIA: Russia sees US sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, expected to pump gas from Russia to Europe, as a sign of a hybrid war.

SOURCE: FARS NEWS

  • WESTERN BALKANS: The attempt of the German Presidency to unlock membership negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania as part of EU enlargement ended unsuccessfully, sending a negative message to the Western Balkans countries when it comes to the EU accession process.

SOURCE: EUROPEAN WESTERN BALKANS

EURASIA:

Eurasia_(orthographic_projection).svg

  • ARMENIA: Opposition supporters rally to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, over his handling of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with Azerbaijan. The Russian-brokered peace agreement obliged Armenian forces to surrender large parts of Nagorno-Karabakh and hand over the territories around the separatist region they had controlled for more than a quarter-century.

SOURCE: THE GLOBE AND MAIL

  • TURKEY-PAKISTAN: Turkey and Pakistan reaffirmed the resolve to further strengthen defense cooperation, focusing on security and counter-terrorism.

SOURCE: ANADOLU AGENCY

  • TURKEY-UKRAINE: Turkey and Ukraine resolved to further develop and strengthen the strategic partnership, and called for exploring new avenues of cooperation between the two naval forces.

SOURCE: ANADOLU AGENCY

SOUTH ASIA:

South_Asia_UN_(orthographic_projection).svg

  • INDIA: Russia said implementation of its ongoing defense deals with India including the supply of a batch of S-400 missile systems is advancing well, despite the threat of US sanctions.

SOURCE: OUTLOOK INDIA

  • PAKISTAN: A group of Russian Gazprom-led energy companies seek to invest $14 billion in the gas infrastructure in Pakistan, with two gas pipelines and underground storage facilities to be built. The energy cooperation between these two is part of better ties between Moscow and Islamabad.

SOURCE: WARSAW INSTITUTE

ASIA PACIFIC:

Sino-Federation

  • CHINA: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says many the Belt and Road Initiative projects have kept running throughout the pandemic and Beijing is increasing its investment.  Assured that  China’s determination to promote [belt and road] international cooperation has not changed,”.

SOURCE: SCMP

NORTH AMERICA:

2000px-Location_North_America.svg

  • CANADA: Canada rejected China’s Shandong Gold Mining’s bid, amid concerns about a Chinese state-owned entity operating in the country’s sensitive Arctic region. Ottawa’s decision could further strain Canadian-Chinese relations, already damaged by Canada’s December 2018 arrest of Huawei Technologies Co Ltd Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou at the request of the United States.

SOURCE: REUTERS

SOUTH AMERICA:

1200px-South_America_(orthographic_projection).svg

  • VENEZUELA: Venezuela ships crude oil to China despite US sanctions as part of a push by the Trump administration to oust Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Chinese companies stopped loading crude and fuel at Venezuelan ports in August 2019 after Washington extended its sanctions on PDVSA.  

SOURCE: THE STANDARD

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s